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WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE     Print Version
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091


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July 02, 2003
Contact: Christy Vassar, (360) 902-2802

WDFW MEDIA ADVISORY: WDFW Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet errata

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has made several corrections and clarifications to errors in the recently released 2003/2004 Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Anglers should update their copies of the Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing pamphlet, which became effective May 1.

WDFW will provide additional updates and corrections as needed. Corrections, clarifications and frequently asked questions are also on the fishing and shellfishing regulations portions of the WDFW website on the Internet.

Rule changes and corrections are:

Page 8 - Rule Change Highlights for 2003, June Salmon Fishing Re-opens in Tacoma
Error: Marine area 13 was incorrectly stated as being closed to salmon fishing during the month of May.
Correction: Marine Area 13 will be closed to salmon fishing for the month of June, but will then be open continuously for salmon retention from July 1 through April 30.

Page 28 - Cowlitz River (Cowlitz/Lewis Co.) from boundary markers at mouth to barrier dam
Error: Release CHUM and WILD COHO was omitted from the August 1 through December 31 SALMON season.
Correction: SALMON - August 1 through December 31 release CHUM and WILD COHO.

Page 29 - Deep River (Wahkiakum Co.) from mouth to town bridge
Error: Release requirements during SALMON season was incorrectly stated.
Correction: SALMON - Release CHUM and WILD COHO year-round. Release wild CHINOOK January 1 through July 31.

Page 29 - Deep River (Wahkiakum Co.) from town bridge upstream
Error: Release WILD CUTTHROAT was omitted from the TROUT season.
Correction: TROUT - Release WILD CUTTHROAT year-round.

Page 29 - Deschutes River (Thurston Co.) downstream of lowest Tumwater Falls fish ladder
Error: Reference to See Capitol Lake was omitted.
Correction: Add reference See Capitol Lake.

Page 44 - Skykomish River (Snohomish Co.) from Wallace River to forks
Error: ALL SPECIES - fishing from any floating device prohibited 8:00 a.m. August 1 through March 31 was incorrectly stated.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Fishing from any floating device prohibited in the area 1500' upstream to 1000' downstream of Reiter Ponds outlet August 1 through February 29.

Page 46 - Stillaguamish, North Fork (Snohomish Co.) from mouth to Swede Heaven Bridge
Error: ALL GAME FISH - Fly fishing only from March 1 through November 30 was incorrectly stated.
Correction: ALL GAME FISH - March 1 through November 30 catch-and-release except up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Fly fishing only April 16 through November 30.

Page 46 - Stillaguamish, North Fork (Snohomish Co.)
Error: ALL SPECIES - Fishing from any floating device equipped with a motor prohibited upstream of the Hwy 530 Bridge at mile post 28.8 (Cicero Bridge) was incorrectly stated.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Fishing from any floating device prohibited upstream of the Hwy 530 Bridge at mile post 28.8 (Cicero Bridge).

Page 51 - Baker Lake (Whatcom Co.)
Error: Chumming permitted for TROUT the last Saturday in April through October 31 was omitted.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Last Saturday in April through October 31 chumming permitted.

Page 52 - Clear Lake (Pierce Co.)
Error: Chumming permitted for SALMON the last Saturday in April through October 31 was omitted.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Last Saturday in April through October 31 chumming permitted.

Page 55 - Maggie Lake (Mason Co.)
Error: Wrong SALMON season stated.
Correction: SALMON - Last Saturday in April through November 30.

Page 58 - Shannon Lake (Skagit Co.)
Error: Chumming permitted for TROUT the last Saturday in April through October 31 was omitted.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Last Saturday in April through October 31 chumming permitted.

Page 58 - Stevens Lake (Snohomish Co.)
Error: Chumming permitted for OTHER GAME FISH year-round was omitted.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Year-round chumming permitted.

Page 59 - Swift Reservoir (Skamania Co.) from marker approximately 3/8 mile below Eagle Cliff Bridge
Error: Selective gear rules except motors allowed was omitted from SALMON season.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - selective gear rules except motors allowed last Saturday in April through October 31.

Page 59 - Vancouver Lake (Clark Co.) and all other waters west of Burlington-Northern Railroad from Columbia River drawbridge near Vancouver downstream to Lewis River
Error: Chumming permitted was omitted from OTHER GAME FISH season.
Correction: ALL SPECIES - Year-round chumming permitted.

Page 65 - Columbia River from Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco to Old Hanford townsite wooden powerline towers.
Error: No reference to a TROUT season.
Correction: TROUT - October 1 through March 31 minimum size 20", daily limit 2 STEELHEAD only. Only STEELHEAD with both an adipose fin clip and a ventral fin clip may be retained.

Page 67 - Kettle River (Ferry/Stevens Co.)
Error: TROUT, OTHER GAME FISH, and WHITEFISH season and gear errors.
Correction: TROUT - June 1 through October 31 season, minimum size 12", daily limit 2, selective gear rules. OTHER GAME FISH - June 1 through October 31 season, statewide minimum size and daily limit. WHITEFISH - November 1 through May 31, no minimum size, daily limit 15 WHITEFISH ONLY, only one single hook 3/16" measured point to shank (size 14) may be used.

Page 70 and 71 - Missing pages
Error: An error in the numbering sequence occurred which skipped page numbers 70 and 71.
Correction: No changes or corrections required. Due to a numbering error, page numbers 70 and 71 were omitted. Important alphabetic list of waters remain intact.

Page 73 - Spokane River (Spokane Co.) from Seven Mile Bridge to Monroe Street Dam
Error: Selective gear rules was omitted from SALMON season.
Correction: SALMON - Year-round selective gear rules required.

Page 75 - White Salmon River (Kllickitat/Skamania Co.) from the powerhouse to Northwestern (Condit) Dam
Error: The minimum size was incorrectly stated for the SALMON & STEELHEAD season April 1 through June 15.
Correction: SALMON & STEELHEAD - April 1 - June 1 SALMON minimum size 12", and STEELHEAD minimum size 20".

Page 80 - Easton Lake (Kittitas Co.)
Error: Season for TROUT and OTHER GAME FISH was incorrectly stated.
Correction: TROUT and OTHER GAME FISH open May 24 through October 31.

Page 81 - Homestead Lake (Grant Co.)
Error: Selective gear rules was omitted from OTHER GAME FISH additional rules.
Correction: OTHER GAME FISH - Selective gear rules required year-round

Page 81 - Horseshoe Lake (Pend Oreille Co.)
Error: Selective Gear Rules are required on this lake.
Correction: Selective Gear Rules are not required.

Page 87 - Wapato Lake (Chelan Co.)
Error: Selective gear rules was omitted from OTHER GAME FISH.
Correction: OTHER GAME FISH - Selective gear rules except internal combustion engines allowed. August 1 through October 31.

Page 94 - Marine Area 2, Special HALIBUT Fishery
Error: Coordinates for the special HALIBUT Fishery in Marine Area 2 are not correct.
Correction: The special HALIBUT fishery should state: Those waters from the Queets River south to 4700'00"N and east of 12440'00"W longitude are open to HALIBUT fishing 7 days a week during open season.

Page 100 - Marine Area 7, San Juan Island Marine Preserve
Error: San Juan Marine Preserve closure statement was omitted.
Correction: San Juan Islands Marine Preserve (False Bay, Friday Harbor, Argyle Lagoon, Yellow and Low Islands and Shaw Island): Closed to all SHELLFISH and BOTTOMFISH activity (except crabbing in Parks Bay on Shaw Island).